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Coronavirus Updates
Most of Florida is now at high risk of COVID-19. Glades and Hendry County (highlighted on map) are at medium risk. [Image courtesy CDC]

Most of Florida at high risk for COVID-19

Most of Florida is now considered at “high” risk for COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) map shows counties at high risk for COVID-19 in red, medium risk in yellow and low risk in green. Okeechobee County (medium risk in yellow) is outlined.

Palm Beach County at high risk from COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spreading again in Florida, according to data shared June 3 by the Florida Department of Health.

New covid positivity in Florida at 3.8%

TALLAHASSEE – For the week of April 1-7, Florida’s new COVID-19 positivity rate was 3.8%.
Human Interest
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Community News

UF/IFAS study highlights the need for more on-the-job safety

Some workplaces can be dangerous. In fact, more than 2 million people were injured or got sick in America...

Family Fun Ruck to benefit area veterans scheduled for Sept. 10

Indian River State College (IRSC) is delighted to announce that, In partnership with the #DoYouGiveaRuck team

Dermatologist removes visible signs of human trafficking

Communities Connected for Kids thanks Elizabeth McKay and the staff at McKay Dermatology & MedSpa for their help...
On March 2, the United States Postal Service announced that it has delivered more than 270 million COVID-19 test kits to American households...
On Feb. 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is investigating consumer complaints ...
Now more than ever, residents should rely on trusted sources of information for access to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations ...

IRSC outfits radiography suite with advanced diagnostic imaging systems

Indian River State College Health Science programs boast licensure and certification pass rates...

Stanley Campbell and Amber Woods join IRSC Foundation Board of Directors

Indian River State College (IRSC) Foundation has appointed two new members to the organization’s Board of Directors...
Wildlife & Environment

UF expert explains how people can help prevent species from becoming invasive

Florida crawls with invasive species: Burmese pythons, water hyacinths, Brazilian peppertrees.

FAU marine science trailblazer receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Florida Atlantic University’s Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., an ocean explorer, aquanaut and marine biotechnologist...

Scientists study spiders that targets mosquitoes

For a creature that – legs and all – might be no larger than a pencil eraser, spiders continue to surprise researchers...
When someone mentions a “banana republic,” they’re referring to a small, poor, politically unstable country...
The past two election cycles have seen an explosion of attention given to “echo chambers”...
States have recently focused their efforts to reduce the nation's teacher shortage by promoting strategies...
On May 2, AARP Florida announced a variety of AARP resources available to Floridians as they prepare for Hurricane Season ...
Emergency preparedness officials on Wednesday warned Floridians not to get complacent during the upcoming hurricane season, particularly in coastal areas that haven't …
Although a mild and sunny climate is one of South Florida’s greatest natural assets, extremes of heat and cold ...
Nation & World

Thousands gather to mark Srebrenica massacre, bury victims

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of people converged on the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica Monday to mark the 27th anniversary of Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the …

New coronavirus mutant raises concerns in India and beyond

The quickly changing coronavirus has spawned yet another super contagious omicron mutant that’s worrying scientists as it gains ground in India and pops up in numerous other countries, including …

Srebrenica women honored for highlighting 1995 massacre

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — They were the ones who lived in a world in which their husbands, sons, brothers, uncles and nephews were massacred. They were the ones who fought to make sure …

Some Russians won't halt war protests, despite arrest fears

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, Anastasia has started her day by composing an anti-war message and posting it on the wall at the entrance of her apartment block in the industrial city of Perm in …

Boy dies in hot car parked outside Miami area Jewish center

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy died after being left in a car outside a South Florida preschool where both his parents are staff members, police said. The child was one of several …

Rural Florida county shocked by fentanyl deaths over holiday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A small, largely rural county west of Florida’s capital saw an unheard-of spike in deadly drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl mixed with other illegal drugs, …

$28.4 million in funding awarded to 23 Florida communities

On June 21, Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $28.4 million in funding for economic growth...

Father of teen killed on Florida ride fears death forgotten

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Missouri teenager killed after falling from a towering Florida amusement park ride said Monday that he fears his son's death will be forgotten, with tragic …